The Book of Matthew

Matthew, also known as Levi, was a tax collector whom Jesus called to be one of his apostles. However, the Gospel written under his name we know for certain was completed in its final form around the year 80 AD and after his death. The author could have been a disciple of Matthew using a first draft compiled by the apostle? Most probably this Gospel was written in a Christian community comprising both Jewish and Greek converts, possibly at Antioch. It was a time deeply marked by conflict between Jews and Christians when the Jewish community - suffering terribly from the war with Rome that destroyed the nation - was reorganising itself under the direction of the Pharisees. They had only recently decided to exclude all Jews who believed in Jesus and were known to be members of a Christian community.

This Gospel assured the earliest Christians they had no reason to be troubled even if their own people reject them. The very fact that the Jewish community did not recognise its own Messiah resulted in the loss of its right to speak and to decided about God's promises. Matthew refers to numerous texts in the Old Testament to prove that Christians are the true heirs of the people of the covenant. In this perspective the whole history of Jesus is presented as a conflict, ending in a separation. The turning point corresponds with the end of chapter 13 where Jesus no longer speaks to the crowd, but to his disciples.

Matthew was impressed by the fact that Jesus, during his three years of ministry, presented himself most often as a preacher and teacher of scripture. He therefore insists on the words of Jesus, which are more numerous in his gospel than in the others.

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Chapter 1; Verses 1 to 17

The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

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"An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham."

Chapter 1; Verse 18 to 25

The Birth of Jesus

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"Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel'."

Chapter 2; Verses 1 to 12

The Visit of the Wise Men

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"And you, Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;..."

Chapter 2; Verses 13 to 15

The Escape to Egypt

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"Out of Egypt I have called my son."

Chapter 2; Verse 16 to 18

The Massacre of the Innocents

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"A voice was heard in Ramah wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children;..."

Chapter 2; Verses 19 to 23

The Return from Egypt

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Chapter 3; Verses 1 to 12

The Proclamation of John the Baptist

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Chapter 3; Verse 13 to 17

The Baptism of Jesus

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Chapter 4; Verse 1 to 11

The Temptation of Jesus

A4.1 The Temptation of Jesus

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Chapter 4; Verses 12 to 17

Jesus begins his Ministry in Galilee

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Chapter 4; Verses 18 to 22

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Jesus Calls the First Disciples

 

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Chapter 4; Verses 23 to 25

Jesus Ministers to Crowds of People

A4.23 Jesus Minnisters to Crowds of People

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Chapter 5; Verses 1 to 12

The Beatitudes

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Chapter 5; Verses 13 to 16

Salt and Light

A5.13 Salt & Light

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Chapter 5; Verses 17 to 20

The Law and the Prophets

A5.17 The Law and the Prophets

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Chapter 5; Verses 21 to 26

Concerning Anger

A5.21 Concerning Anger

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Chapter 5; Verses 27 to 30

Concerning Adultery

A5.27 Concerning Adultery

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Chapter 5; Verses 31 to 32

Concerning Divorce

A5.31 Concerning Divorce

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Chapter 5; Verses 33 to 37

Concerning Oaths

A5.33 Concerning Oaths

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Chapter 5; Verses 38 to 48

Concerning Retaliation

A5.38 Concerning Retaliation

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Chapter 5; Verses 43 to 48

Love for Enemies

A5.43 Love for Enemies

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Chapter 6; Verses 1 to 4

Concerning Prayer

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